Preparing parents for the prospect of the neonatal unit: the role of the diabetes specialist nurse

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Abstract

Recent statistics highlight that a significant number of babies continue to require specialist neonatal care post birth when the mother has diabetes. Admission to the neonatal unit causes stress and anxiety to parents and research indicates that attachment and bonding with the baby can be affected. This article explores the important role that diabetes specialist nurses can have in supporting parents, both during pregnancy and when their baby is admitted to the neonatal unit for care. The article emphasises the importance of promoting early attachment during pregnancy, and the role that continuity of care can have on lowering maternal stress and anxiety. The importance of listening and communication skills when parents are negotiating caring for their baby in the neonatal unit is also identified.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Diabetes Nursing
Volume27
Early online date23 Mar 2023
Publication statusEarly online date - 23 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • diabetes
  • diabetes specialist nurse
  • pregnancy
  • neonatal unit

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